|Acer Aspire E14 Review|
Aspire is the personal computer lineup of Acer Inc., it was first appeared in the market way back 1999 and after about 16 years, the Acer Aspire is still alive and growing stronger. One of the latest laptops in this series is the Acer Aspire E14.
The Acer Aspire E14 that lands in the Philippines has an SKU of E5-473G-57QQ and retails for a little less below Php35K, in Villman it cost around Php34,980 while in PCWorx the SRP is Php34,990. It sports a 14-inch HD display powered by Intel Core i5-5200u dual core processor clocked at 2.2GHz with turbo boost up to 2.7GHz. In terms of GPU, it utilizes NVIDIA GeForce 940M with dedicated 2GB of VRAM. The pre-installed system RAM is 4GB with an option to upgrade it up to 16GB. Meanwhile, the built-in storage is 1TB of HDD, wherein 913GB is shown in the file explorer and about 888GB is the available space.
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|Acer Aspire E14 Retail Package|
The retail package is very modest, aside from the unit itself, the other contents of the box are the charger, setup guide, Windows 10 upgrade guide and other paper documents. It does not have a recovery disc of any kind, but you can create one through the Acer Recovery Management.
The Acer Aspire E14 belongs to the traditional non-touch laptop category. Although touchscreens as well as convertibles or 2-in-1s are more prominent these days, there are still lots of people who can live without these features. And, this is the market that Acer wants to capture. The items below corresponds to the numbers on the above picture showing where those hardware parts are located in the Aspire E14.
- Two USB 3.0 ports
- HDMI port
- Ethernet (RJ-45) port
- VGA (external display) port
- Kensington lock slot
- SD card slot
- LED indicators
- Multiple gesture touchpad
- 3.5mm audio jack
- USB 2.0 port
- Optical disc drive
- DC input jack
- Power button
- 14-inch screen
|Acer Aspire E14 Lid Exterior|
It measures 13.5 x 9.65 x 0.98 inches and weighs about 2.1 kilos, these are the typical size and weight of a 14-inch laptop and comparable to other systems of the same category.
|Acer Aspire E14 Keyboard|
The lid and the bottom part of the laptop have the same textile design found in some Acer smartphones, like the Liquid Z520. It is now glossy and resist fingerprints and smudges. Meanwhile, the display bezel, the palm rest and the area around the keyboard have a very fine diamond pattern, giving it extra texture. Overall, the Acer Aspire E14 does not look and feel cheap.
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It runs on 64-bit Windows 8.1 Single Language and upgradable to Windows 10. The above screenshots are the default home screen, desktop screen as well as the pre-installed applications.
The Intel Core i5-5200U is an ultra low voltage processor based on 14nm process, it has two CPU cores with hyper-threading technology clocked at 2.2GHz up to 2.7GHz each. Although, the chipset has integrated GPU (Intel HD Graphics 5500), Acer still added a dedicated one, which is the NVIDIA GeForce 940M with 2GB of DDR3 memory. It is based on Maxwell architecture and manufactured in 28nm process.
In real life usage, these combinations are more than sufficient for office works and multimedia consumptions as well as handling more demanding applications. In terms of gaming, it can handle most 2014 and early 2015 games (like FIFA14) in high graphics properly while more demanding games (like Assassin's Creed) are still playable as long as the graphics settings are set in minimum to medium. Meanwhile, the 4GB of RAM is enough for the usual multitasking and if you are heavy user, it has two memory slots and you can upgrade up to 16GB of DDR3L RAM. By the way, the boot up time only takes about 9 seconds.
It has a 37Wh 2500mAh 14.8V 4-cell Lithium Ion battery pack. We run our usual battery test by looping a video while in airplane mode and the brightness is set to 50 percent and it lasted for about 7.5 hours before the system hibernates (less than 5% battery left). Meanwhile, using it as my work laptop, which compose of mostly sending emails, creating office documents and few drawings, the battery life ranges 7 to 10 hours.
The Acer Aspire E14 is a great desktop-replacement laptop, it has a nice looking exterior, loaded with useful features, strong battery life and above average gaming performance. Overall, it has an impressive internals that can do a lot of things.
Acer Aspire E14 E5-473G-57QQ Specifications:
- 14-inch HD (1366x768) LED-backlit TFT LCD
- Dimensions: 343mm x 245mm x 24.9mm
- Weight: 2.1 kilograms
- Microsoft Windows 8.1 64-bit Single Language Operating System
- Intel Core i5-5200U processor, 2.2GHz with Turbo Boost up to 2.7GHz
- NVIDIA GeForce 940M GPU with 2GB DDR3 VRAM
- 4GB DDR3L SDRAM upgradable up to 16GB
- 1TB 2.5-inch 5400 RPM HDD
- SD card reader
- HD Webcam
- WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
- Ethernet port
- Standard USB 2.0 port (1)
- Standard USB 3.0 port (2)
- HDMI port
- VGA port
- 3.5mm headphone jack
- Built-in speakers
- Built-in microphone
- DVD-Super multi double-layer drive
- 37Wh 2500mAh 14.8V 4-cell Li-ion battery
- Price: Php34,990